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Arthur Ashe Kids Day

26.08.2008 | Off Court

Last weekend, Roger attended the 2008 Arthur Ashe Kids Day. The Kids Day is an annual tennis/children’s event by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York. It is a celebration of the memory of Arthur Ashe, who died of AIDS in 1993, and of his efforts to help young people through tennis. Kids’ Day began in 1993, the year that Ashe died. The main goal of the event is to entertain children and families and to raise money for charity.

 

Thousands of youngsters joined in a celebration of music, tennis and fun last Saturday, all while reflecting on the memory of Arthur Ashe, the first African American to win the US Open 40 years ago. Along with Roger, most of the big-name players entered in this year’s tournament took part in the 13th annual Kids Day: Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Serena and Venus Williams, James Blake and many more. Other special guests included were Demi Lovato, Menudo, Colby O'Donis and Push Play. Roger hit at targets for charity together with Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal.

 

At the press conference before the start of the tournament Roger wasn't hiding the fact that his year has been disappointing but said he might benefit from the fact that the pressure was now on Nadal to justify his top ranking. “Five years almost I was expected to win every tournament I entered, except maybe toward the end a little bit on the clay,” he said. “Rafa will now feel what I had to feel for a very long time. And maybe it's nice for me to go into a Grand Slam for a change maybe not having No.1 next to me. It should be interesting."

 

Roger said his goal entering this year had been to win Wimbledon and then an Olympic gold. Well, he got the gold medal, only it was in doubles with Stanislas Wawrinka. “Honestly the celebration was much more intense,” he said. “It was very different to winning alone on a tennis court.”

 

Roger plays his first match today against Maximo Gonzalez from Argentina.

 

 

 

 

 
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11/18/2008 | 01:18 PM
GO ROGER

you are the best

09/10/2008 | 11:01 PM
VAMOS ROGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
09/09/2008 | 05:44 AM
happy for you for the us open.........me too rolled on the floor as u won.....gr8 going.......wishing you ur 14th soon
09/08/2008 | 12:36 PM
King Of Tennis - Champion of Roger

go .... go. i belive you give US open trophy. It belong to you. you in my heart and four fan.
VIVA Roeger and God bless
09/07/2008 | 02:59 AM
Hello Roger

In the eyes of many you will remain number 1.
09/03/2008 | 11:08 AM
I say all the time "How I wish I could be there in person to watch Roger play" and now I can add "I wish we could have been in NYC so that our 3 children could have gone to Kids Day!" *sigh* One of these days! :) We're behind you all the way, Roger and w
09/01/2008 | 04:05 PM
Dear Roger:
Good luck...
U are the best...

09/01/2008 | 02:58 PM
Dear roger
GOD LUCK
the pepole peploition stop with you All family best wishis roger ?? ??????? ??????? ???????? ????????? ??????? ????????? ???????? ?????? ?????? ???? ??? ????? ??? ?????? ?????? ?? ???? ????? ????? ????? ???????? ????? ?? ??????? ?
09/01/2008 | 09:27 AM
GO Roger GO I believe you
LauReN?jaugloo
08/31/2008 | 03:23 PM
u r soooooooooo loved roger!
and i'm sure that the kids that saw u in person were stunned and they won't forget that day as long as they live!!
i can say that ur simply.......perfect
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